IARS Vision, Mission and Strategic Aims

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A society in which everyone is given a chance to actively participate in social problem solving

Our Mission

"To give everyone a chance to forge a safer, fairer and more inclusive society".

We do this by producing evidence-based solutions to current social problems, sharing best practice, and by supporting young people and the community to shape decision-making from the bottom-up.


Our core Organisational Values

We were founded upon the three principles of: 

  • user & civic participation
  • restorative justice and dialogue
  • individual empowerment and responsibility

We act in the spirit of partnership, dignity, integrity and honesty and we remain independent, fearless and respectful of diversity and equality issues.

We should be known for our:

  • Strong organisational ethos rooted in our founding values
  • Professionalism and expertise driven by values, integrity, dedication and passion.

Our Strategic aims

The IARS International Institute was informally set up as an international network on youth matters. Since then we have expanded our remit and we are now recognised as one of the wolrd's leading user-led Institutes with a mission "To give everyone a chance to forge a safer, fairer and more inclusive society." 

We are focused on empowering the most marginalised communities through direct service delivery, while enabling organisations to achieve, measure and improve their social impact.


We also have a mission to transform young people’s lives by enabling them to have a better future, and participate equally and democratically in civic life. We are dedicated to helping deliver the EU Youth Strategy by "Investing and Empowering" our young people. Following the launch of the revised EU Youth Strategy, IARS published its new 5 year strategic aims, which define its services as a European-wide, youth-led network. Paying particular attention to the current economic crisis as this impacts on young people, solidarity, employability and social cohesion, through this Call, IARS' will deliver its following strategic aims i.e.:

1. “Empower and enable young people, particularly those with fewer opportunities, to influence, shape and inform policy and practices that affect them, the media and other stakeholders in the youth field at a European level.

2. Provide youth-led policy development, research and voice to the youth-led sector and young people at local, national and European levels.

3. Work with governments and statutory bodies (nationally & European) to ensure that youth issues and the views of the youth-led sector are heard and disseminated.

4. Pilot new ideas in order to demonstrate new models, opportunities and emerging good practice for the benefit of young people and the youth-led sector.

5. Act as a European network that enables young people and the youth-led sector to communicate with each other, work together and share best practice with the ultimate goal of encouraging debates on youth policies affecting local, national and European matters and practices.

6. Build bridges between young people from different communities and countries, and encourage them to find out what unites rather than divides them. Promote inter-cultural learning and understanding and encourage youth exchanges and voluntary services.

7. Engage young people at risk of exclusion into educational and skills development through non-formal education, tailored training and support programmes, provide accreditation options, internships and the IARS Annual Youth Awards”.


These activities relate to the function and role of IARS as a forward thinking and innovative organisation working directly with individuals, organisations, groups and networks independently of geographical boarders. These strategies determine the focus and desired outcomes of all of IARS' project activities and forms the basis of any future plans.